“Clout is a hell of a drug,” says Jae Haze during our latest episode on iLLANOiZE Radio.
Chicago native and R.A.N affiliate Jae Haze dropped in for an all inclusive sit down. During our chat Haze explained how the R.A.N brand also known as Real Artist Network, gained its momentum, as well as his music hiatus, and how clout chasing is the new drug.
Get to know Jae Haze below, and after watching make sure to leave feedback within our comment section. Lastly don’t forget to spread the NOiZE.
Diana Gabaldon (Outlander novels), Dan Brereton (“Nocturnals,” “Batman: Thrillkiller”), Gene Ha (“Mae,” “Justice League”), Tom Cook (“Masters of the Universe,” “Smurfs”), Bob Camp ("Ren & Stimpy"), Andrew Pepoy (“The Simpsons,” “Archie”), Kurt Lehner (“Gargoyles,” “Marvel Action Hour”), Jose Delbo (“Raggedy Ann,” “The Beatles”), Dan Dougherty (“Beardo,” “Touching Evil”), Jonathan Glapion ("Batgirl," "Wonder Woman") and Arthur Suydam ("Deadpool," "Marvel Zombies") are among the dozens of professional writers and artists scheduled to attend Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, August 23-26 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.
This marks the 20th anniversary of the first Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, with a weekend that will feature many demonstrations and discussions at the Creative Stage.
Artist Alley in Chicago will also feature top creators such as Greg Horn (“Phoenix,” “Venom”), Arvell Jones (“Black Panther,” “Luke Cage”), Ryan North ("Adventure Time," "Squirrel Girl"), Tony "KO!" Kordos ("Cyborg"), Mostafa Moussa ("Superman," "Fantastic Four"), Phil Ortiz ("The Simpsons"), Shawn Coss ("Cyanide & Happiness"), Rebecca Rothschild ("Warshiner," "Mortal Combat X") and more.
Wizard World Comic Con Chicago will also feature non-stop live entertainment, gaming, and autographs, photo ops and exclusive Q&A sessions with top celebrities such as Tom Welling (“Smallville,” “Lucifer”), Ian Somerhalder (“The Vampire Diaries”), “The X-Files” headliners Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, six stars of the cast of “Outlander” (Sam Heughan, Catriona Balfe, Graham McTavish, Lotte Verbeek, Richard Rankin, Sophie Skelton), Guardians of the Galaxy standout Pom Klementieff and many others, a dedicated kids zone and more, along with Wizard World’s Master of Ceremonies, Kato Kaelin.
Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The 10th event scheduled on the 2018 Wizard World calendar, Chicago show hours are Thursday, August 23, 4-9 p.m.; Friday, August 24, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, August 25, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, August 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.
Wizard World Comic Con Chicago is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening.
For more on the 2018 Wizard World Chicago, visit https://wizardworld.com/comiccon/chicago.
Early in 2018, we saw the unimaginable success of the movie The Black Panther. The film wasn't just one featuring a majority black cast with a positive black role model. it was much more. The Black Panther, through the setting of the fictional country of Wakanda, showed the world what black excellence is all about. A strong leader, strong family values, strong and smart women, a focus on education, and a desire to make the world a better place. It is with this in mind that Wakandacon was born.
What is Wakandacon? It is a celebration of black creativity, technology, business, culture, entertainment and more. Wakandacon is something new! It's an inclusive place where you can be a nerd about anything – pop culture, gaming, tech, womanhood, politics, or your own beautiful Blackness.
The creators imagined a place free and unshackled from the ravages of racism; of exploitation; of discrimination; of emotional, physical, and sexual violence. With that in mind, they hope to create a space for people of all types to come together, educate each other, and celebrate all of our passions. It's an event where anyone can dress up, dance, connect, support each other, and celebrate the entire diaspora looking past the present and into our future.
The show kicks off this weekend, going from August 3rd to the 5th. It will take place at the Hilton Downtown Chicago.
Tickets are still available for the weekend festivities. Tickets cost $35 for the weekend. To join the fun, sign up for your passport to Wakanda here.
Bekoe, Pretty Riot and Illinois Jones talk Chicago Reader, Let's Get Social and WhatsTheWord's delicate list.
For our latest "iLLTALK" discussion via iLLANOiZE Radio, we gave the Chicago Readerkudos for featuring our showcase growing showcase known as "Let's Get Social," as well as give our insight on WhatsTheWord's Chicago Hip-Hop Goal Keepers List.
Watch it below via Youtube, and feel free to join the conversation by leaving feedback within our comment section. Lastly don't forget to spread the NOiZE.
Annually during Labor Day Weekend, the Festival grounds in Chicago’s Washington Park come alive in a simulated African village. Attendees are transported across the Diaspora with interactive engagements, vibrant drumming, museum quality and collectible artifacts, colorful and rich handwoven fabric and textile, and other program spaces.
Interactive spaces include: Drum & Afro-folk Village, Children and Family, African Heritage, African Spirituality, Wellness (Health) Village, Books and Authors, Fine Art, Film and Video, Food Court, Seniors and Quilting, and the African Marketplace.
ENTRANCE TO THE FESTIVAL INCLUDES THE CONCERT
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TICKETS OPTIONS - TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE:
GENERAL ADMISSION - (AGES 13-64)
$15 PRE-FESTIVAL PRICE
$20 AT THE GATE
SENIOR - (AGE 65+) $10
CHILD* - (AGES 5 - 12) $5
*Children under 5 are free.
FAMILY PASS - (2 ADULTS AND UP TO 4 CHILDREN UNDER13) $40
WEEKEND PASS - (ONE ADULT ADMISSION FOR ALL 4 DAYS) $40
In just over a month, the North Coast Music Festival is set to takeover Chicago's Union Park for three days of music and fun. Some of the featured artist include Miguel, Juice WRLD, DJ Snake, Jamiroquai, and Lil Xan.
All the fun is happening Labor Day weekend, August 31st thru September 2nd. For tickets and more information visit the NCMF site here. Meanwhile check out the lineup movie below.
Chicago Talent is a new Chicago reality show that showcases the lives and endeavors of several Illinois artists and entrepreneurs. It is taking a new angle to the idea of creatives being successful in business. As so many people envision LA or NYC with this subject, we want to make sure that Chicago is represented as well. It will show them at work, at play and even some emotional moments that occur behind the scenes of such hardworking, ambitious talents. What you normally wouldn’t see when browsing their social media, websites or even interviews, you will see on this show.
The series is set to air between 5 and 6 episodes in its premiere season online to an audience of at least 50,000 viewers. The first episode is scheduled to air August 19th via their Facebook episodes platform. Think Jada Pinkett-Smith’s “Red Table Talk” broadcasting set up. The premiere party for the show will be held August 16th downtown Chicago. The first season being their test run, the cast and its producers are taking a leap of faith. It is being produced, edited and filmed by the same team who released The Fresh Faces Project documentary, having gained over 30,000 Facebook views within its first month of release.
The creator of the show and executive producer, Calynn M Lawrence, is a 22-year-old seven time award winning publicist and magazine editor with a specialty in the fashion and entertainment industry. She is using this new platform, Chicago Talent, as an extension of her nonprofit campaign The Fresh Faces Project to continue in her overall career mission of bringing the exposure and promotion that underrated talents deserve. Having invested much of her own personal money into the release of the show, she earnestly hopes that viewers will fall in love with the concept and support the talents she believes in so much.
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In a new interview with the Chicago Tribune, Chance The Rapper revealed that he will release a new album this week. While he opened up about the highly-anticipated follow-up to Coloring Book being here by week’s end, Lil Chano didn’t say exactly how it will be released.
Chance also discussed his collaborative album with his friend and idol, Kanye West–a project separate from the one dropping this week. They reportedly worked on a pair of songs “casually” during Chance’s recent visit to Jackson Hole, Wyo.
“I don’t know of a timeline on it yet, the trajectory of it, but he’s coming here to work on it some more,” he said. “We’ve just started making it, but I don’t want to manipulate the situation and impose any time frame, because that can hinder you.”
CHICAGO (AP) — An angry crowd shouted and threw bottles at Chicago police after an officer fatally shot a man on the city's South Side Saturday, prompting the arrest of at least four demonstrators.
Chicago police patrol chief Fred Waller told a news conference that the man was shot in the South Shore neighborhood after police officers on foot tried to question him because "the bulge around his waistband" suggested he was armed. The man became combative and eventually broke free from the officers, Waller said.
"They thought he appeared to be reaching for a weapon, which he did have a weapon on him, and the officers tragically shot him," he said.
The unidentified man was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead. Waller said police believe the man did not have a concealed carry permit for the semi-automatic weapon. He also had magazines of ammunition, Waller said.
Immediately after the shooting, an angry crowd gathered and began jostling with police, who had cordoned off the area. Waller said protesters threw bottles and jumped on top of a squad car. Police then moved in wielding batons to stop them.
"It got a little bit out of hand. Several arrests were made," Waller said.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted that four protesters were arrested.
Several police officers were slightly injured in the scuffles, Waller said, and some squad cars were damaged.
After nightfall, protesters continued to mill around the neighborhood with police occasionally chasing them away. Video showed one protester thrown to the ground surrounded by police holding batons.
Chicago has a troubled history of police shootings. The city erupted in protest in 2015 after the release of a video showing white police officer Jason Van Dyke shooting black 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times in 2014. Van Dyke was charged with murder. McDonald's death led to the ouster of the police chief and a series of reforms designed to prevent future police abuses and to hold officers accountable.
The Taste of Chicago official kicks of today (July 11) and it will feature some of the best Chicago restaurants along with some amazing musical acts. The annual food festival will take place in Grant Park and will go from July 11 thru July 15.
The 38th edition of the Taste of Chicago will feature over 70 eateries and 230 dishes ranging from giant turkey legs to tacos and everything in between. Along with all the food and drinks (did we mention all the pizza), the fest will feature a wide array of musical acts including the Flaming Lips, George Clinton and local favorite The Boy Illinois.
Location: Grant Park (between Lake Shore Drive, Monroe Street, Michigan Avenue and Balbo Drive)
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 11 to 15, Wednesday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Tickets: Admission is free. General admission seating for performances at the Petrillo Music Shell range in price from $18 to $50 (lawn seating in Butler Field is free). Performances at the Goose Island Stage are free.
Food and beverage tickets can be purchased in strips of 14 for $10 (includes $3 charge for Taste amenities). Cost in number of tickets for menu items differs. There are smaller "Taste of" items available from most vendors for 3 to 6 tickets each.